Steve Carell joins Julianne Moore, Ellen Page for gay rights drama

Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay rights case.

Freeheld, directed by Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's Petter Sollet, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees.

The couple were determined to make a change, after Ardeen (played by Page) was denied pension benefits of her Hester (Moore) when the latter became terminally ill.

Carell will play the supporting role of Steven Goldstein, a passionate advocate for Garden State Equality. Deadline reports he replaces The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis in the role, who left over scheduling conflicts.

The film is being produced by Page, Kelly Bush, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, James D. Stern, Richard Fischoff, Duncan Montgomery, Jack Selby, Duncan Montgomery, and Cynthia Wade.

Ron Nyswaner, the writer behind Philadelphia, wrote the script.

Watch the trailer for the documentary based on the same subject below:

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